Abby Mueller to Star in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway
Mueller originated the role of Carole King in the show's first national tour.
Abby Mueller will join the Broadway company of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical in the title role beginning March 7. She takes over for the show's current star, Chilina Kennedy, who heads to her hometown to headline the show at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theater from June 27-August 20, 2017 and will return to the Broadway cast following the Toronto run. Liam Tobin, who originated the role of Gerry Goffin on tour, will join Kennedy for the Toronto mounting.
Abby Mueller, sister of Beautiful's original Tony-winning star Jessie Mueller (who currently stars in Broadway's Waitress), originated the role of Carole King in the production's first national tour. She joins a Broadway company that currently features original Broadway cast member Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Jessica Keenan Wynn as Cynthia Weil, Ben Jacoby as Barry Mann, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner, and Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen as Genie Klein. The ensemble also includes Gisela Adisa, Douglas Carpenter, Rebecca Covington, Kevin Duda, James Harkness, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Rob Marnell, Gabrielle Reid, Nicholas Ryan, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd, Kimber Sprawl, Yasmeen Sulieman, Nasia Thomas, Daniel Torres, Melvin Tunstall, and Alan Wiggins.
Beautiful, now in its fourth year at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, chronicles the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer and songwriter Carole King. The musical features a book by Douglas McGrath, with songs written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and more.
The show was nominated for seven Tony Awards and earned the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.